Nurses at Odumase appeal for accommodation and expansion of health facility

The nurses said the health facility does not meet the needs of the growing population of the area

Nurses at the Odumase community health planning and services (CHPS) compound have appealed for the construction of staff accommodation and expansion of the facility to improve healthcare delivery.

Odumase is a fast-growing farming community in the Nkwanta South Municipality of the Oti Region with a population of about 1,000.

In an interview with Asaase Radio’s Oti Regional correspondent, the nurses said the health facility does not meet the needs of the growing population. The facility lacks a maternity ward, beds and staff accommodation.

The nurses made the appeal at a durbar to sensitise the community on anaemia and other health issues peculiar to the community.

The midwife at the facility, Faustina Barnes, stated that although the facility lacks a maternity ward, it has successfully delivered more than 300 pregnant women of their babies without any complications since 2022.

She said the provision of a maternity block and other facilities will help improve service delivery.

Barnes appealed to the government, non-governmental organisations and philanthropists to support the community to meet its growing healthcare needs.

The nurse in charge of the facility, Sandra Osei Anane, bemoaned the challenges with staff accommodation. She said the current accommodation facility is full. It has a capacity of only three staff. Other staff trek from town to the community.

This affects the provision of emergency and other services, especially at night.

Reporting by Solomon Mensah-Ahiable in the Oti Region

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